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Grizzly Claw Events

Book Signings and Guest Artists

Friday, May 9- 7:00 pm
Henry Real Bird - Wolf Teeth

Poet Henry Real Bird will be reading from his new collection of poetry Wolf Teeth, Friday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m. at the Grizzly Claw Trading in downtown Seeley Lake.

Henry Read Bird is a rancher and educator who raises bucking horses on Yellow Leggins Creek in the Wolf Teeth Mountains. He was born and raised on the Crow Indian reservation in the tradition of the Crow by his grandparents, Mark and Florence Real Bird. Educated in Montana at Crow Agency, Hardin, Bozeman and Billings, he has a Master's Degree in general education.


Henry punched cows, worked in rodeos, and taught school from kindergarten to college level. He began writing poetry in 1969 after an extended stay in the hospital. He still speaks Crow as his primary language and feels this has helped in writing poetry. Henry Real Bird served as the Poet Laureate of Montana from 2009-2011, and was named the 2011-2012 Academy of Western Artists Cowboy Poet of the year. His previous collection of poems, Horse Tracks ( Lost Horse Press, 2010) was named 2011 Poetry Book of the Year by the High Plains Book Awards.

The inner heart commotion of Henry Real bird is poised in a physical and metaphysical terrain marked by the history, culture, language and identity of his Apsaalooke nation. At the same time, no one else contemplates broncs, Chinook winds, the Wolf Teeth Mountains and forgotten creek beds in the way that Real Bird does - his is a careful, astute eye that reminds us again and again of our own interrelation, of our responsibility to all beings, all places that make up our world and beyond.

- M. L. Smoker, Another Attempt at Rescue

Monty Yellowbird

The Grizzly Claw Trading Company and Alpine Artisans collaborate on book signing presentations. Every author who has read in Seeley Lake has appreciated the opportunity and praised the level of audience participation. These book signings are free and open to anyone interested in writing, reading and writers. They offer an intimate setting in which to meet an author and discuss the challenges of writing and publishing as well as to explore the ideas and inspirations of literary pursuit. Join us for these evenings of adventure, art and camaraderie. Refreshments will be served, so please feel free to bring an hors d'oeuvre or beverage to share!


Previous Book Signings and Guest Artists

February 8, 2014
David Abrams - Fobbit

GrizzlyClawTrading-GuestArtist-Bernice Ende
January 25, 2014
Bernice Ende - "The Lady Longrider"

November 30, 2013
Merrily Dunham - sketching

GrizzlyClawTradingCo-BookSigning-Kesselheim and Lee
November 16, 2013
Alan Kesselheim - author, Thomas Lee
- photos
Montana, Real Place, Real People

GrizzlyClawTradingCo-BookSigning-Nicholas Vrooman
October 26, 2013
Nicholas Vrooman -
“The Whole Country was….”One’ Robe”: The Little Shell Tribe’s America

GrizzlyClawTradingCo-BookSigning-John Maclean
June 29, 2013
John Maclean - Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57

GrizzlyClawTradingCo-BookSigning-Celeste River
February 23, 2013
Celeste River - Partnership In Story Telling: The Literature of Montana Author Frank B. Linderman (Humanities Montana Lecture)

February 2, 2013
William Farr - Blackfoot Redemption

Douglas MacDonald
December 1, 2012
Douglas MacDonald - Montana Before History

GrizzlyClawTradingCo-BookSigning-Kate Davis
November 3,2012
Kate Davis - Raptors of the West

October 7, 2012
Kim Barnes - In the Kingdom of Men

September 15, 2012
Doug Peacock - Grizzly Years

Grizzly Claw Trading - Book Signings- Elizabeth Rosner
September 12, 2012
Elizabeth Rosner - The Speed Of Light

Grizzly Claw Trading - Book Signings - Sharon Lamar
May 26, 2012
Sharon Lamar - Mountain Wildflowers For Young Explorers

Grizzly Claw Trading - Book Signings - MaryClearmanBlew
May 19, 2012
Mary Clearman Blew - This Is Not the Ivy League

Grizzly Claw Trading - Book Signings - Pete Fromm
April 21, 2012
Pete Fromm - Indian Creek Chronicles

February 11, 2012
Doug Chadwick - The Wolverine Way

January 14, 2012
E.B. Eiselein - "Montana's Indian History" (Humanities Montana Lecture)

December 3, 2011
Suzanne Vernon - Montana: Voices of the Swan

November 19, 2011
Donna Love - The Wild Life of Elk

October 29, 2011
(Anthology) West of 98
Russell Rowland, Annick Smith, Bill Kittredge

October 1, 2011
Diane Smith - TheNewRural.Com

August 31, 2011
Elizabeth Rosner - Blue Nude

June 11, 2011
Bud Moore - Times in the Locsha

April 30, 2011
David Emmons - Beyond the American Pale

April 12, 2011
Ruth McLaughlin - Bound Like Grass

March 26, 2011
Bent Grass (poetry reading)
Cedar Brant - Like Any Other Dream Will Do
Jenni Fallein - If Beauty Were a Spy
Roger Dunsmore - You're Just Dirt

March 5, 2011
Donna Love - The Totally Out There Guide to Glacier National Park

February 26, 2011
Jeremy Smith - Growing a Garden City

January 29, 2011
Stan Cohen - Downhill Montana (film)

December 11, 2010
William Farr - Julius Seyler and the Blackfeet

November 28, 2010
Doug Ammons - Whitewater Philosophy

October 2, 2010
Jamie Ford - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

September 15, 2010
Fredrick Fisher - Confucius Jade

August 28, 2010
Jon Turk - The Raven's Gift

June 12, 2010
Phil Condon - Nine, Ten Again

May 29, 2010
Victor Charlo - Put Sey (Good Enough)
Roger Dunsmore - You're Just Dirt

May 1, 2010
Morning Star Jameson - Medicine Rock

April 10, 2010
Jennifer Lowe-Anker - Forget Me Not

March 14, 2010
Janet Kay - Waters of the Dancing Sky

February 20, 2010
Smoke Elser - Packin' In on Mules and Horses

January 9, 2010
Peter Orner - The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

November 21, 2009
Wendy Parciak - Requiem for Locusts

October 24, 2009
Richard Manning - Rewilding the West

September 19, 2009
An Evening of Poetry Readings
Victor Charlo - Put Sey (Good Enough)
Lowell Jaeger - Suddenly, Out of a Long Sleep
Lowell Jaeger, ed. - Poems Across the Big Sky

June 10, 2009
Seth Kantner - Shopping for Porcupine

May 23, 2009
Judy Blunt - Breaking Clean

April 25, 2009
David Allan Cates - Freeman Walker

March 28, 2009
Donna Love - Henry the Impatient Heron

February 14, 2009
William W. Bevis - Ten Tough Trips

December 6, 2008
O. Alan Weltzien - The Norman Maclean Reader

November 16, 2008
Annick Smith - The Wide Open

October 11, 2008
Steve Lamar - Swan Valley Place Names

May 25, 2008
William Kittredge - The Next Rodeo

February 2, 2008
Liza Ward - Outside Valentine

August 11, 2007
Aryn Kyle - The God of Animals
(rescheduled - Sept. 29, 2007)

July 14, 2007
Deirdre McNamer - My Russian